CI offers a competitive 16-week pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW), and at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW). This Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program provides students with hands-on training specific to construction craft laborers, plasterers, cement masons, carpenters, and ironworkers – allowing students the ability to earn certificates of accreditation that grant preferred entry into union apprenticeships. TRAC students also work closely with a CI community employment specialist to build their portfolio, document work hours, create a resume, and generate referrals to our sound community partners.
Ultimately, the TRAC program is a preview of what a living wage career looks like in the community. It not only teaches incarcerated women job skills, but also life skills, reliability, the importance of hard work, and how to add value to the workplace. Solidarity Films by Chuck Bolland produced a TRAC Video that document graduates as they reenter the community and pursue union apprenticeships.